Have you checked your inbox recently? Is it filled with emails asking you to submit articles, join editorial boards or speak at conferences? You may be receiving dangerous invitations from predatory publishing companies.
Are you promised quick peer review for the submission of a manuscript? Does the promise of a speedy publication process sound very appealing to you? The solicitations may be coming from predatory journal publishers.
From Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing, Nature, March 27, 2013
1. The scope of interest includes non-biomedical subjects alongside biomedical topics, or is overly broad.
2. The website contains spelling and grammar errors.
3. Images are distorted/fuzzy, intended to look like something they are not, or are unauthorized copies.
4. The homepage language targets authors, encouraging submission and highlighting low costs or quick turnaround times.
5. The Index Copernicus Value is promoted on the website.
6. Description of the manuscript handling process is lacking in detail.
7. Manuscripts are requested to be submitted via email without any previous contact or approval.
8. Rapid publication is promised.
9. There is no retraction policy.
10. Information on whether and how journal content will be digitally preserved is absent.
11. The Article processing/publication charge is very low (e.g., < $150 USD).
12. Journals claiming to be "open access" either retain copyright of published research or fail to mention copyright
13.The contact email address is non-professional and non-journal affiliated (e.g., @gmail.com or @yahoo.com)
Source: Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals:Can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison. BMC Medicine, March 16, 2017